We live in a digital world where many changes have been implemented in the last 15 years due to the rise of the internet and smartphone. The digital economy brings a revolution in education (online education makes education democratic) and jobs- the news emerged i.e. gig workers, freelancers, digital marketing, and hundreds of more professions. I believe due to these changes, parenting should be changed and revamped. However, there are many parents out there who still have ancient belief systems and they are not willing to change themselves. Here in this article, I will be talking about 5 belief systems that I believe need to be crushed. Their belief systems not only affect children’s personalities but also their futures adversely.
#1 Money Making
This is the single most important skill I believe that children should learn and parents should teach their children. Most of the time especially in Asia when a child passed high school and started his graduation, the child doesn’t earn a single penny (Ruppee or Doller) till he or she is 21 years old. That is not good. Till 21 years they are dependent on children and worse they did not know how to make money. Children should start taking a few jobs from age 15 years it can job in cafes, freelancing, learning skills – video editor, Instagram reels, etc. Baking, cooking, or sewing whatever they like and start making some money. This will open up their brains and they learn more quickly how to make money in the real world 6-7 years before they finish graduation. Further, it will help children acquire new skills brush up on old skills, and work with others or for others, it not only makes them earn money but also has a relationship with employers, colleagues, and maybe business partners.
#2 Coding or Programming
We all know with the rise of AI, API, and tech, coding is an integral part of and used in every field of life. Learning coding will help to increase your kid’s logical reasoning skills and problem-solving skills. Coding or programming is quite fun to learn, it allows kids to think in a better way. It also The number of jobs in this friend is increasing. Hence it ensures a promising future. Coding helps to enhance kids’ creativity levels. Kids can make software, and games, and with the use of AI be more creative. Programming or coding is not a career choice but it should be considered as Maths, science, and English a core subject which is important in today’s world where technology is changing day by day.
Health is very important and it cannot be ignored. The culture of easy food, junk food, chips, etc. is one reason it is making our children obese or fat. It reduces energy levels in kids and makes them more lazy. It is important parents should teach children cooking – how to cook basic nutritious food. We all know healthy food like vegetables, dals (pulses), and grains need some skills to make. If you as a parent teach children how to cook healthy food they will be armored with skills which will help them their whole life. When they get old, dining out, spending money on food, and making wrong food choices can all be avoided.
#4 Video Editing
In 2023, with the rise of youtube, reels, and shorts video is a very important skill that allows you to make a brand of yourself. Whatever profession a child takes – he or she needs to create a video it can be a market campaign, sales, presentation, or vlog. Creating a video is easy, but editing requires skills i.e. selecting background, music, thumbnail, etc. Further, video editing can be used as a side hustle that allows children to earn money on their holidays or weekends by working on these assignments they will be exposed to the professional world, and client communication or start their video editing agency as a career.
#5 Best in One Sport
Children should be exposed to play multiple sports. Sports will allow children to be physically fit and build their stamina and focus. However, developing proficiency in a specific sport is highly beneficial for children for several reasons. Firstly, focusing on one sport allows children to develop and refine their skills to a higher level. By dedicating their time and effort to mastering the techniques and strategies of a particular sport, children can become more proficient and excel in their chosen activity. This enhanced skill level can lead to increased self-confidence and a sense of achievement, which can positively impact their overall development. Furthermore, specializing in one sport helps children understand the value of discipline, commitment, and hard work. By consistently practicing and striving to improve in a specific sport, children learn the importance of setting goals, managing their time effectively, and persevering through challenges. These qualities are transferable to various aspects of life, including academics, relationships, and future professional endeavors.
Doing hand work i.e. wooden crafts, art, sewing, etc is an extremely important skill one should teach the child. First, it is therapeutic, second in this digital world we often forgot to do basic things like sewing, and knitting. Learning handwork skills is highly beneficial for children for numerous reasons. Firstly, handwork skills such as sewing, knitting, woodworking, and crafting foster creativity and imagination. Engaging in these activities allows children to explore their artistic abilities, experiment with different materials, and develop their own unique creations. This promotes self-expression and problem-solving skills, as they learn to think critically and find innovative solutions to design challenges.
#7 Book Writing
Writing allows children to express their emotions. It can be their feelings, wants, desires, and aspirations that they are not able to communicate verbally. Parents should encourage their kids to write a book for several compelling reasons. Firstly, writing a book nurtures creativity and imagination. It allows children to explore their thoughts, ideas, and storytelling abilities in a structured and expressive manner. Through the process of writing, they develop characters, plots, and settings, fostering their creativity and expanding their imaginative capabilities. Further, writing a book helps children develop critical thinking and communication skills. The act of organizing their ideas into a coherent narrative requires them to think critically, analyze information, and make decisions about plot development and character arcs. It also enhances their communication skills as they learn to convey their thoughts and emotions effectively through words, creating a connection with readers.
Learning marketing skills at a young age is highly advantageous for children for several reasons. Firstly, it fosters creativity and critical thinking. Marketing involves identifying target audiences, crafting persuasive messages, and developing innovative strategies to promote products or ideas. By learning marketing skills, children are encouraged to think creatively, analyze consumer behavior, and come up with effective solutions to engage and influence others. These skills enhance their ability to think outside the box, solve problems, and adapt to changing situations.
Engaging in dramatics and participating in theatrical activities is highly beneficial for children for numerous reasons. Firstly, dramatics nurtures creativity and imagination. Through acting, children are encouraged to explore different characters, emotions, and scenarios, allowing them to tap into their creative abilities and develop their imaginative skills. They learn to think outside the box, problem-solve, and think critically, fostering their artistic expression and original thinking.
#10 Learn a Foreign Language
Learning foreign language skills is highly advantageous for children for several reasons. Firstly, it broadens their cultural horizons and promotes cultural understanding. By learning a foreign language, children gain insights into different customs, traditions, and ways of life, fostering respect and appreciation for diverse cultures. This enhances their global awareness and helps them become more tolerant and open-minded individuals. Secondly, learning a foreign language at a young age improves cognitive abilities. Research has shown that language learning stimulates brain development, enhancing memory, problem-solving skills, and critical thinking. Children who are bilingual or multilingual often exhibit better overall academic performance and have an easier time grasping new concepts.
#11 Start a Youtube Channel
While having a YouTube channel can be an exciting prospect for children, it is important to consider several factors before encouraging every child to have one. Firstly, having a YouTube channel can provide a platform for creative expression and self-discovery. Children can showcase their talents, share their ideas, and connect with a global audience. It allows them to develop skills in content creation, video editing, and storytelling, fostering their creativity and enhancing their digital literacy.